Siyum Harambam Revived in Egypt After 25 Years

After a significant hiatus, a Siyum Harambam was once again held in Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt, where the Rambam, taught and served as a doctor for many years.

Photos: Muli Berger

After a significant hiatus of approximately 25 years, the Siyum Harambam in Egypt has been reestablished with the blessings of Rabbi Yosef Hecht of Eilat, who had previously received numerous encouraging responses from the Rebbe regarding the organization of the Siyum Harambam in Egypt over the years.

The re-establishment of this event involved substantial effort and coordination with local government authorities, ensuring the provision of a respectful police escort. The Siyum Harambam was held in the historic city of Cairo at the Sha’ar HaShamayim Synagogue. The city of Cairo holds particular significance as the place where the Rambam authored the Mishna Torah. Notably, Israel’s Ambassador to Egypt, Amira Oren, was in attendance.

The event continued with a second Siyum Harambam at the restored Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria, featuring the participation of Egypt’s Minister of Heritage.

In addition to the ceremonies, the group visited several local Jewish cemeteries, which are the final resting places of many prominent Chachamim, including the Arizal’s student, Rav Chaim Kapusi. The journey concluded with the group davening Mincha at the Steigenberger Cecil Alexandria Hotel, a location that holds historical significance as the site where the Friediker Rebbe stayed during his visit en route to Eretz Yisroel in the summer of 1929.


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